Community Safety Action Plan

Sevenoaks District Council (SDC) has adopted the new Community Safety Action Plan – a plan where SDC and our partners work together to concentrate on the priorities that matter to you. When we consulted with residents the following eight priorities were identified and it will be these priorities that we will be focussing on during the next year: Road Safety, Anti Social Behaviour (including environmental crime), Domestic Abuse, Vehicle crime, Burglary, Young Peoples issues, Substance Misuse and Theft. These trends will continue to be monitored on a quarterly basis and the first monitoring will be available in July.

Although the Partnership’ main focus will be these eight priorities (in no particular order), we will still continue to monitor and plan for trends in crime and other community safety issues and addressing them through the Community Safety Unit’s daily briefings and other tasking arrangements in order to reduce crime. Our partners include Kent Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, KCC Social Services, Kent Probation Service and our Housing Association partners.

Between April 2013 and 28 February 2014 Sevenoaks District had the third lowest recorded crime in the county.

I am also delighted that Kent Police are remodelling the force across the county to put victims first, focusing on reducing crime and protecting the public from harm. Visible, community policing that cuts crime and catches criminals will be at the heart of the new model. The Commissioner and Chief Constable are keen to put victims and witnesses first, protect the public from serious harm, meet national commitments for policing and delivering value for money. The Police and Crime Plan reflected the Commissioner’s commitment to retain visible, community policing as the bedrock of policing in the county.

 In the Sevenoaks District the Chief Inspector will have 65 Constables and 24/7 policing. The Chief Inspector will be accountable for the police being visible in our communities.  Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) are magnificent ambassadors for Kent Police and will be the staff delivering day to day local and on-going community engagement at a ward (Otford & Shoreham) level.  There will be a Community Policing team, which will have a Sergeant and a team of four who will deal with more strategic longer term delivery on more problematic issues.  This new model will start on 24 June 2014.
For more information about the work of the Community Safety Partnership visit: http://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/services/housing/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-information-and-advice or look in any edition of ‘In Shape’ – the newsletter of the District Council that is delivered to each home in the District. The Spring edition focuses on internet safety on our Community Safety pages 10 and 11.